The “Developing Nations” ministries demonstrate a contemporary expression of Mission which invites substantial reflection on the nature of support and connection. Their Mission is mutual liberation, joy and hope for individuals and communities.
The “Developing Nations” ministries are all unique and inspiring. They demonstrate a contemporary expression to future Mission and invite substantial reflection as to support and connection. They are largely dependent on the presence and support of Brothers and yet processes are in place to widen engagement, develop more localised leadership and nurture support. They offer tangible signs of mutual liberation and joy and hope in Mission for individuals and communities with significant needs.
Callan Services in Papua New Guinea continues to provide leadership and care for the most vulnerable in society – the young and those with various disabilities. Management and oversight is provided by a Brother, with reliance upon local professional expertise steadily increasing. Callan Services is the largest service provider in the field of special education and community rehabilitation and is recognized internationally for its outreach across nineteen special education centres spread uniformly throughout the country. It receives substantial international funding. The development of the national diagnostic teams in vision and hearing, together with Callan Studies National Institute, in association with Divine Word University, ensure ministry operations are supported both operationally and strategically.
Timor Leste has seen an increase from an essentially all volunteer community involving leadership by one Brother assisted by long-term volunteers, to four Brothers assisted by employed and volunteer groups across various projects involving construction, infrastructure support, education, health, micro finance and welfare services. The ministry in East Timor is possibly the most fragile Mission as it depends almost entirely upon the Brothers, with minimal local leadership. A key focus for the ministry community is the generation of a Strategic Plan and the consolidation of ministries through the establishment of a civil legal entity under which ministry practices and obligations can be articulated.
The first Philippine Mission of Kabankalan on the Island of Negros provides a related group of services to students, both young and older, in terms of educational and welfare support. A second ministry established in Maasin, Southern Leyte followed extensive community engagement and replaced the previous ministry focus in Hilongos. In many ways, the establishment of the ministry in Maasin offered a methodology now espoused by the Transition Support Team in its introduction of A (Our) Way into the Future. At the heart of both ministry communities and service provision is a committed group of Brothers who oversee, lead, advocate and empower local people within a community where justice and inclusion form the basis of transformation. A pleasing development for the Mission within the Philippines is two young men requesting entry to Novitiate.